Blake & Mortimer [volume 20]

The second part of La Malédiction des Trente Deniers has now been out for a month. This is volume 20 in the Blake & Mortimer series, but the drawings are (predictably) done by yet another artist, Antoine Aubin! The style is not that bad (despite yet another awful cover!), but the scenario by van Hamme is very poor and the story does not move much when compared with the first volume: both heroes manage to find the location of the tomb of Judas and survive the trap set by their enemies… In the previous post about the first volume, I was mentioning the Indiana-Jonesque feeling about the plot, but it got much stronger with this volume! A ray of light comes from the heavens and burns the bad guy on the spot, while Blake & Mortimer escape by an unlikely underground river, along with the young Greek woman who had betrayed them to save her fiancé… The story borrows to earlier Blake & Mortimer stories, for instance the underground exploration is reminiscent of the beginning of l’Enigme de l’Atlantide, but the connection with Hergé s Tintin is stronger: the evil Beloukian behaves like Rastapopoulos in Flight 714, the shipwreck and the escape on a home-made raft is very similar to the one in The Red Sea Sharks, and several drawings evoke the atmosphere of The Black Island. Hopefully, the next volume will see a clear improvement by the new team, Sente and Julliard, but their botched Sarcophagi of the Sixth Continent is not very promising…

One Response to “Blake & Mortimer [volume 20]”

  1. That’s the curse of Van Hamme: stretching over several albums a plot that could be interesting if condensed into one volume, and is tasteless over several.
    * XIII: 16 albums and counting
    * Largo Winch: 18 albums and counting,
    * and the most heart-wrenching: Thorgal, 29 albums !
    All are mostly on a 2-albums cycle basis. Disappointing.

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